This is a list of famous and notable people from Goa, India. This list aims to include persons who are known to a large number of people, and is not based on the extent of their popularity. Neither is the list viewed from the context of the present. Their fame could be brief, what matters is that they were well known during the peak of their popularity.
Mohan Ranade, an Indian freedom fighter who actively participated in Goa liberation movement. He was arrested by Portuguese police in 1955. Later he was incarcerated at the Fort of Cassias near Lisbon in Portugal. He was kept in the solitary confinement for six years. After the liberation of Goa by the Indian government Ranade was finally released in January 1969 after 14 years of imprisonment.
Anthony Gonsalves , (1927 – 18 January 2012) violinist. Taught R.D. Burman and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma-( member of the Laxmikant Pyarelal team) and has worked with most of the legendary composers of the 1950s and 1960s.
António Fortunato de Figueiredo, conductor, violinist (1903–1981). Founder-director of Academia de Música (now Dept of Western Classical Music, Kala Academy), founder-director Orquestra Sinfónica de Goa (Goa Symphony Orchestra)
José Gerson da Cunha (1844–1900), one of India's prominent historians and Orientalists. Besides Konkani and Portuguese, French, English and Sanskrit, he could handle Pehlevi, Italian, Persian and German, Marathi. He wrote the first book on history of Bombay, The Origin of Bombay (1900), published by the Bombay branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.
Armand de Souza born in 1877 in Assagao to the Camotim family, was the Founding Editor of the Morning Leader in Ceylon. An early freedom fighter, he was gaoled by the British colonial government for advocating democracy, but released following public protests at his incarceration. He was the author of Hundred days in Ceylon under martial law in 1915 and father of Senator Doric de Souza (Professor of English) and the late Editor of the Times of Ceylon, Tory de Souza. He died in 1922.
Chandrakant Keni retired as the editor of Marathi daily Rashtramat and Konkani daily Sunaparant, worked as a freelance journalist. He was associated with development of Konkani language. With a few books to his credit, Mr. Keni bagged the Sahitya Academy Award for his book "Ashadh Pawali".
Maria Aurora Couto is a well-known writer, academic and literary critic with books including Graham Greene: On the Frontier, Politics and Religion in the Novels, and Goa: A Daughter's Story.
Ravindra Kelekar (born 1925), freedom fighter, writer and revivalist of Konkani language.
Orlando da Costa (1929–2006) was a Communist Portuguese poet and writer of Goan descent, born in the capital of the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique, Maputo.
Frank Moraes, editor of many prominent newspapers in post-Independence India, including The Indian Express.
Dom Moraes (born 1938) has won the American Press Club Citation for Excellence in Reporting, for some 20 articles he wrote for the "New York Times Sunday Magazine". Also a poet. Died earlier this decade.
Frank Simoes, a passionate Goan Advertising person, Author of "Glad season in Goa"
Lambert Mascarenhas, author of the classic Novel "Sorrowing Lies My Land" (1955) which was reprinted thrice, the novel has been translated into Marathi, Telugu and Konkani. Lambert was the editor of Goan Tribune, the fortnightly dedicated to the cause of Goa's freedom from the Portuguese rule. He is also the founder editor of "Goa Today" and former editor of "The Navhind Times" and was awarded the State Cultural award
Sebastião Rodolfo Dalgado (1855–1922) of Assagao, linguist. Knew Malayalam, Sinhala, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Sanskrit. In 1892, he produced a Konkani-Portuguese dictionary and later a grammar
Teotonio R. de Souza, historian, founder-director of Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Goa (1979–1994), Fellow of the Portuguese Academy of History, author of Medieval Goa (1979), Goa to Me (1994), and several other publications on Goan History and Culture.
Francisco Luís Gomes (1829–1869), Indo-Portuguese physician, politician, writer, historian, and economist